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Tourist Places in the Maldives

That apart, the Maldives has a lot more to offer than your average island―it is home to some of the most luxurious resorts and spas, not to mention the famed undersea restaurants. Going beyond the obvious, it also has a forest full of tropical plantations, and even a Cold War era RAF base. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the best places to vacation in the Maldives, and just be mesmerized!

Interesting Places to Visit in the Maldives

Malé

Male Skyline
Malé’s Skyline

When you come to the Maldives, you’ll be landing here in Malé, in all probability. Take time out to enjoy this gorgeous little island, that is considered to be one of the smallest capital cities, with regard to size. This is also perhaps the only place in the Maldives where there is a lot to do and see, while you’re on land. I’m referring to Malé’s many museums, mosques, parks, and restaurants.

Islamic Center in Male
Islamic Center in Malé

Must-see places in Malé include:
The National Museum, which houses thrones, palanquins, statues, and many other antiques belonging to the erstwhile Sultanate of Maldives.
The Sultan’s Park is the sprawling lawn that surrounds the National Museum.
The Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the Friday Mosque, is the largest place of worship in Malé.
Addu Atoll

Male Skyline
Diving in the Indian Ocean

Addu Atoll, also known as Seenu Atoll, sits at the southernmost end of the Maldives. This is also the site of Addu City, one of the few inhabited islands. Addu used to be a secret Royal Navy base during WWII, and you’ll find the remnants in place here. You’ll also find some pristine beaches, typical of anywhere in the Maldives. But if you’re looking for something special, put on your diving suit, and take a dip in the ocean to see some brightly colored corals and a few unique whale and dolphin species.

Naifaru

On the Beach
On the beach in Naifaru

Naifaru has the one thing that draws people to the Maldives, which is romance, of course. You’ll find truckloads of it on this picturesque island, which is a perennial favorite among honeymooners. While you’re here, do nothing else except eat the delicious seafood, laze on the white sand, watch some awesome sunsets, and swim or snorkel to your heart’s content.

Fuvahmulah

Azure beaches are a Maldivian trademark, but what sets Fuvahmulah apart is its lush tropical greenery. It has woodlands, wetlands, freshwater lakes, well-vegetated marshland areas, not to mention the beaches as well. You’ll find a lot of tropical fruit trees, including mangoes, bananas, pineapples, and even oranges. Another aspect that makes Fuvahmulah a must-see is that the locals regard this island to be the most beautiful among the rest.

Lakes and Rivers

Subterranean lakes and rivers are a real geological masterpiece, and are not limited to fiction. They are a characteristic feature of karst landforms.

The layers of carbonate bedrock get dissolved owing to the mildly acidic water, forming tiny crevices, which subsequently enlarge and give rise to underground waterways and lakes.
The underground lakes and rivers are generally associated with beautiful caves and caverns characterized by speleothems of different shapes and sizes. This Buzzle write-up gives is a brief account of some of the most amazing underground lakes and rivers around the world.
10 Incredible Underground Lakes and Rivers

Reed Flute Cave
Location: Guilin, Guangxi, China

Reed Flute Cave (China)

Renowned for its karst topography, the city of Guilin is a famous tourist destination, with the Reed Flute Cave being the most mesmerizing and oldest attraction. This cave system derives its name from a type of reed that grows at the entrance of the cave, and is used to make flutes.
Also known as the Palace of Natural Arts, this 180 million-year-old cave offers a spectacular sight of stalactites and stalagmites that continually evolve into a different shape due to the cave river. The highlight of the cave is an area called the Crystal Palace of the Dragon King, where brightly lit rock formations are reflected in the extremely still cave lake. The water and roof are illuminated using blue light to give a glacial effect, adding to the beauty of the cave.
The Reed Flute Cave is not just a tourist attraction, but has historical significance as well, since it provided refuge to thousands of soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War.

Luray Caverns
Location: Virginia, USA

Luray Caverns (USA)

Discovered in 1878, the Luray Caverns is the third-most visited cave system in the US, and is known for its unique limestone formations, like the frozen fountain, Titania’s Veil, the Empress Column, irregularly shaped rocks that look like fried eggs, a set of stalactites that can give rise to musical tones like those produced by pipe organs, and The Great Stalacpipe Organ.
This cave system houses a sparkling underwater lake called the Dream Lake, which reflects the shimmering white stalactites and unique rock formations. The water of the lake is so clear that, at times, the mirror image of the stalactites hanging above is said to be mistaken for a stalagmite of the floor.

Hamilton Pool Preserve
Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Hamilton Pool (USA)

Owing to the massive erosion that took place thousands of years ago, the dome of an underground river in Austin collapsed, revealing the serene tranquility below. The natural pool, known as the Hamilton Pool, was designated as a preserve in 1990.
It is type of plunge pool formed by a 50-ft waterfall, and it is surrounded by limestone slabs and stalactites. Spread across 232 acres, the Hamilton Pool Preserve has been a favorite spot for a peaceful summer afternoon, owing to the calm waters and the lush green habitat comprising bald cypress, ferns, and wild flowers.

The World’s Top 10 Secluded Travel Destinations

Have you ever experienced the high of being in a place, where apart from you, there is hardly anyone else? When you open your eyes, all you see is nobody? There are many places on this earth where life does not exist in abundance; it exists hidden somewhere, waiting for you to discover it. Think again, and think one more time, before you associate seclusion with romance. Yes, there are many unsullied spots that offer those in love a universe of their own. On the other hand, there are places that are so empty, they help you realize how full of life you are. And while you’re traveling through these secluded destinations, amidst all the emptiness and nothingness, there is a great chance that you will find yourself. So, are you ready to get lost?
Looks Too Difficult? Check this out!
Erik Weihenmayer of the United States of America has climbed the highest mountains on each continent. Yes, including Mount Everest! He has thus, conquered the Seven Summits successfully. What’s more? He’s blind! Yes, you read it right.
Are you geared up now to embark on a journey through the roads less traveled?
Top 10 Secluded Destinations that Help You Fall Off the Map
Deception Island, Antarctica
Deception Island Antarctica
Formed as the crater of a volcano, one of the farthest points on the globe, an abandoned whaling station, Deception Island ironically has a name it doesn’t deserve. Why? Because it’s one of the safest harbors on the continent. Administered by the Antarctic Treaty System, this island is now home to researchers and occasional travelers.

Private Islands in the Maldives
Private Islands in the Maldives
The Maldives are the original desert islands. I’m sure you’ve heard this often, but have you seen it from the eyes of a traveler and not a vacationist? White sand, a few trees, an endless canvas of the sea and sky, and in the center of all this, you, with your beloved. Seems like a dream come true? It sure does.
Bentota, Sri Lanka
Bentota Sri Lanka
Looking for a place that is not all that secluded? Want some alone time amidst a little company to help you feel safe? Bentota is the place! A small town by the Indian Ocean, this is a holiday you would want to take alone, sans the family and the romantic interest. Indulge in Ayurvedic healing, experience the rush of water sports, and at the end of it all, sit back and relax, taking in all the beauty this haven has to offer.

Lake Manasarovar, Tibet
Lake Manasarovar Tibet
If ever there is a perfect depiction of purity, it is this. The Holy Lake of Manasarovar, with the Kailas Range in the backdrop, amidst which stands tall the Kailash Parbat, is natural beauty redefined. Reaching this haven isn’t easy though. It requires three days to just complete the circumference, and living here, is synonymous with tents. You also need to be physically fit to endure the harsh surroundings.

The term architectural tourism

Most people go to a vacation or a travel destination in search of relaxation, to do some sight-seeing, maybe some shopping and generally have a good time. Most sight-seeing tours include visiting some monuments and buildings which have historical importance or/and is visually stunning. This gives us an opportunity to look and examine these buildings and architectural masterpieces up close and have a better look at these buildings that we had only gazed at in magazines and television. The culture and history of a place can be traced through the kind of architecture it had. So when a vacation is taken solely to look at these historical monuments and study different architectural styles, it is called architectural tourism. Architectural tourism is very big today and many countries are promoting this form of tourism to boost their economy.
Architectural Tourism Spots
Tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors and architectural tourism has really come up in the last couple of years. Tourists who want to get a feel of the culture of a city, like to go for architectural travels that encompass tours of many historical monuments and buildings. From the castles dotted around Germany to the ancient ruins of Rome, architecture plays a vital role in attracting tourist to a particular travel location.
China
A country that boasts of one of the best architecture in the world is China. Chinese architecture, ranging from the various dynasties that ruled it has undergone a great evolution. People recognize Chinese architecture from The Great Wall of China and the beautiful pagodas. But there is more to Chinese architecture than that. People who are interested in architecture will find China to be a virtual unexplored region which has some of the best monuments and buildings. Some notable Chinese architecture that are a must see are Terra Cotta Warriors in the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang in Xi’an, The Hanging Temple, Forbidden City, Shenyang Imperial Palace, Temple of Heaven, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Confucius Temple in Nanjing and the Temple of Guanyu Ming Dynasty Tombs that are situated in the mountain foot of Mount Tianshou. China is a country of architectural marvels both ancient and modern and it is one of the best tourist destination for people who love architecture.

Egypt
Any mention of Egypt, and what comes to mind are the Egyptian Pyramids. Egypt is a country that has been steeped in mystery and its beautiful architecture is what makes tourist throng to it. The architecture of Egypt has been influenced greatly by Islamic architecture. Some of the attractions in Egypt are The Great Sphinx of Giza, the village of Deir al-Madinah, the fortresses at Buhen, the pyramid of Khafre, the temple complex of Karnak and the Luxor Temple. All these great structures were made of limestone, sandstone, mud, brick and granite and are millions of years old.

Tourists Traveling to Guatemala

Antigua is arguably the most visited city by tourists. Other places of interest to tourists include Peten, Lake Atitlan, and Tikal ruins. Sadly, the capital, Guatemala City, and Antigua are notorious for being dangerous and full of crime. Travelers commuting on city roads and between cities must remain alert and watch out for thefts and armed robberies carried out on public transport, bus terminals, etc. So for a safe travel and to avoid getting into trouble, follow the tips outlined below.

Travel Safety Tips for Tourists
When you are on the move, keep all your important documents (passports, travel, and health insurance papers) safe by depositing them in a safe deposit box available in most hotels. But it is recommended that you carry a photocopy of your passport and visa at all times with you.
Do not keep large amounts of money with you. Carry an ATM card which can be used at any of the ATMs found all over the major cities.
Traveling at night should be strictly avoided. Call for a cab, never walk alone on the streets after dark. Incidents of tourists being mugged and robbed at night, especially on deserted streets, are commonplace.
In the unfortunate event of you falling prey to mugging, it’s advisable that you cooperate with the criminals. Raising an alarm and calling for help or resisting and fighting them will land you in deeper trouble. Muggers are often armed with guns and will not hesitate to injure or even kill their victims. Give up whatever they ask for; your safety is far more important than the worth of the valuables you are carrying.
Guatemala City is particularly infamous for express kidnappings. Gangs kidnap individuals and release them only after they have been forced to use their debit cards to withdraw a specified sum of money. If travelers do not pay heed to the demands, these gangs do not hesitate to commit murder. To avoid such a nasty incident, never travel or walk alone, especially on lonely roads and highways.
Guatemala City is subdivided into zones. Of these, zone 1 in particular is where most criminals operate. Tourists fall prey to thefts and robberies often. It is unsafe also because this area sees a lot of drug dealers who engage in drunken brawls, so it is advisable to steer clear of zone 1.
Incidents of carjacking are common on highways leading up to international airports. Travelers are advised against using the highways after dark, especially when going to or coming from the airport. Cars and buses are targeted by assailants wearing police uniforms, who stop the cars and rob the passengers. In case you need to travel to the airport in the evening or night, contact PROATUR, the local agency that provides assistance to tourists. You can call a radio cab, which will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at your hotel, or vice versa. Note down the number on the license plate of the vehicle. If the cab does not arrive on time, do not linger outside the airport.

The World That Defy Human Imagination

Did You Know?
Even with the presence of strange lakes among nature, only one of them has the rumors of a monster living inside it. It’s none other than the Loch Ness, an ancient creature living in Loch Ness, a lake in the Scottish Highlands.
Lakes are among the most beautiful places in the world. They spread a sense of calm and serenity. Other than being the most go-to places for a picnic, some of these places are actually too strange to even exist.
From the red river in Bolivia, which resembles the Martian landscape, to the ice-cold regions of Russia, these lakes inhibit different creatures and colors. Journey with us around the world, as we take a look at some of the most strangest lakes around the world, ranging from interesting to not-stepping-foot-in-there.
Unusual Lakes in the World
Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Colorada is a salt lake located in Bolivia’s Altiplano region, with the Andes mountains serving as the backdrop. It gets the nickname ‘Red Lagoon’ due to pigmentation of red algae and the surrounding sediments. Although the surface looks like floating ice, in reality, it’s speckled with borax islands and rings of sulfur. Due to the hyper-salinity of the lake, it’s a frequent haunt of James’ flamingos.

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

The Plitvice (pronounced Plit-Veek-uh) lakes are a set of 16 lakes interconnected through waterfalls and caves, located in Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. Each lake is separated from the rest by a layer of travertine, a type of limestone deposited along the banks intermixed with algae and the local moss. The strange thing is that, the travertine grows at the rate of 1cm every year.
Dead Sea, Israel

The most hyper-saline lake in the world, it’s too salty for any animal life to flourish in this environment. The surface and shores are 1,388 feet below sea level. Although the salinity makes it difficult to swim, floating is not a problem. An unusual feature of this lake is that, it spits up huge quantities of asphalt, which has been used in the mummification process by the Egyptians in ancient times.
Taal Lake, Philippines

It’s a freshwater lake located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The bizarre thing about this lake is that, it’s a haven for an island called Volcano Island, located in the middle of the lake, and the island also features a smaller lake called Main Crater Lake or Great Yellow Lake, which holds a smaller island called Vulcan Point.
Lake Balkhash, Kazakhstan

It’s the 12th largest lake in the world, and located in Kazakhstan in Central Asia. The bizarre thing about the lake is half of the lake consists of freshwater, and the other half consists of saltwater. These two halves are joined by a narrow straight that’s 2.17 miles wide and 6 meters deep.

Places to See Beautiful Flowers

The world always seems a better place to live in when you witness scores of flowers, stretching as far as you can see. Any place that invites with such stunning flowers is nothing less than a Shangri-la. Even the driest of deserts do not shy away from embracing the riot of colors that various flowers display.

Wondering where on earth you would possibly find places marked by a sea of beautiful flowers? The following destinations are hot favorites, especially if you want to witness how nature celebrates the arrival of spring.

Note: The flowering season depends on the amount of rainfall taking place in that particular year, and is subject to variance.
Tulips ( Haarlem, The Netherlands )
Tulips
When to Visit: Mid-March – Mid-May
Haarlem (or Harlem) has been the most sought-after tulip destination since the 1630s, and is a major trading center even today. It is not just Haarlem, but most of Holland is world-famous for its tulip expo and festivals. With around 7 million flower bulbs blooming each season, Keukenhof is the main attraction when it comes to visiting tulip fields.

Lavenders ( Provence, France )
Lavender
When to Visit: July – August
Since ages, lavender has been used as a scent for linens and bathing water. These sprawling landscapes of lavender are seen in the Sault area, covering the base of Mont Ventoux. The color of these beautifully-scented flowers vary from violet to indigo. If you prefer seeing a dash of yellow too, do visit Luberon, where you’ll witness sunflowers growing alongside the elegantly-textured lavenders.
Daffodils ( Cornwall, England )
Daffodils
When to Visit: March – April
Daffodils in England help spring to arrive in style with their canary-yellow trumpets and slender appearance. Apart from Cornwall, you can visit Cotswolds too for the pleasant experience of seeing hundreds of daffodils. Go ahead, bring out the William Wordsworth in you.

Cherry Blossoms ( Tokyo, Japan )
Cherry blossoms
When to Visit: March – April
‘Hanami’, the age-old tradition of having a picnic under a cherry blossom tree is practiced and enjoyed even today. These white- and pink-flowers are seen in thousands in the Yasukuni Shrine of Tokyo. With numerous flowers lining the streets of Japan in spring, this destination should not miss your bucket list!
Sunflowers ( Tuscany, Italy )
Sunflowers
When to Visit: Mid-July
There is no better way to describe summer than a vibrant yellow sea of sunflowers; and if that is what you’re looking for, Tuscany is the place to be. Although native to North America and South America, the sunflower has almost become synonymous to the sultry summer Italy offers.
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Bluebonnets ( Texas, USA )
Bluebonnets
When to Visit: April
The state flower of Texas, bluebonnets make this area feature on the list of places to visit, not only for humans, but also for bees. Such is the number of these flowers, that the entire state of Texas is painted with blue during spring. The next time you drive or ride through this state, do capture the picturesque panorama.

Mighty Historical Cities

Depending on circumstance, location, and a bit of luck, some of these cities were much more successful culturally and economically, gaining military strength and political influence, which affected civilizations from all corners of the globe. We present 13 such cities that once ruled the ancient world.

Veliky Novgorod

Saint Sophia Cathedral Novgorod

This city in present-day Russia, whose name means Novgorod the Great, actually was true to its name between the 12th and 15th centuries. Although the city was constantly under threat by the Swedes and Teutons, the people of Novgorod successfully defended it under the leadership of their prince Alexander Nevsky. Eventually, though the city was defeated by the Mongols, it still managed to negotiate and retain a large degree of its independence, and soon reached its peak of prosperity.

In the 14th century, Novgorod had a huge population of over 400,000 people, and was arguably the busiest port city in all of Europe. With the settlement thriving as a center of commerce, the Novgorod empire expanded dramatically, eventually extending all the way from the Arctic circle to the Ural mountains.

Unfortunately, the fortune of the city could not last. The leaders of the neighboring kingdom Muscovy (Moscow) were very envious of Novgorod’s fortunes, and the city’s close ties with the Catholic Lithuania caused heavy friction with Muscovy’s largely orthodox population. Finally, in 1478, Muscovy, under Ivan the Great, attacked Novgorod, which robbed the city of most its riches. The city struggled to hold on to its former glory. However, its fate was eventually sealed when a hundred years later, Ivan the Terrible attacked it, executed huge numbers of its citizens, burned much of the city down, and destroyed priceless records. The city never recovered fully from this blow. Muscovy became the new center of politics and society in Russia.

Karakorum

Buildings of Karakorum

The Mongols, once a group nomadic tribes, established the biggest contiguous empire in human history, under the leadership of Genghis Khan. Until the Mongolian conquest was active, the Mongols were constantly on the move, building temporary yurts, and traveling from place to place on horseback. However, once the Mongol empire was largely established, Genghis Khan started the construction of Karakorum, in the year 1220, which was to be the capital of his empire and the central base of operations.

The city was constructed near the Orkhon river, more than 200 miles from Ulaanbaatar (current capital of Mongolia), which made it an important stopping point along the silk road, providing travelers and traders with security, and also a place of worship. However, it was only after the death of Genghis Khan and the rise of his son Ogodei, did the development of the city really pick up pace. Although the city was a small one of only 10,000 people, the influence it had on the immense Mongol empire brought in people from across the globe, who wanted to serve or build political relations with the Khan. The city diminished gradually under the reign of Kublai Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan, who moved the capital to Khanbaliq, present- day Beijing. Karakorum was mostly destroyed by the Chinese in 1388.

Weekend Getaway Ideas For a Quick

The idea here is that, you and your loved one can have a great time away from home, work, kids (if any), and any other very taxing daily chore. And yet have this little vacation without burning a hole in your pocket.

Weekend Vacations

Camping

Just take out the car and go on a nice road trip with your loved one or with your friends. All you need to do is plan where to go, gather all the necessaries together, gas up the car, and push off. You don’t even need a place to stay. Just grab a tent and camp out in the wild at night. If you don’t have a tent, just grab a couple of sleeping bags and blankets, and you can camp out in the car too.

The Nearest Beach

There is something about the beach, that is wonderfully romantic and enjoyable. So, a trip to the beach is without a doubt, a romantic getaway for a couple. All you have to do is pack your bags and drive down the closest beach. If you have the cash, stay in a hotel, if you don’t, stay on the beach! Those long walks and sitting by the sea, watching the sunset or the sunrise will give you a priceless memory to take home.

Hiking

In the United States, there are several terrains that provide you a good opportunity to go hiking with your loved one, provided that the two of you are the outdoorsy type. Hiking can be very romantic and the fact that the two of you are alone means that it will be loads of fun. Hiking lodges come very cheap as well. It is not only one of the best couple ideas, but is also a fun trip you can go for with friends.

A Trip to Meet Family

If you have a three day weekend at hand, the entire family can drop by into someone’s place and crash for the long weekend. You get to meet your family and it can be a lot of fun as well.

A Cruise

Who says cruises have to be really expensive. You can bunk into one of those less expensive cruise liners, where you have a pay-per-use system. So, if you just want to sit on the deck and soak up the sun, there’s your weekend hideaway right there. And if you want a massage and the bottle of champagne delivered to your room, it might cost you more than just an extra penny, but at least it’s your choice whether you want to have it or not.

A trip for the weekend needn’t cost you a bomb. Try one of these ideas and you’ll enjoy your weekend without burning a hole in your pocket.

Vacation Planning

A well planned and well-organized vacation will only enhance your vacation experience, and make it the most memorable ever. But one will agree, it is not easy to plan that prefect trip, since you tend to miss out on something, out of sheer excitement. But this article on Buzzle will help you out to plan things in an organized way. Download a printable vacation planning checklist, that is the same as the one given below.

#1 Dates and Documents
The part of planning and booking in advance, the dates and getting ready with the documents, is not given as much importance as it should be. If you are planning a road trip, it is important you carry all the car documents. The checklist below you will help you with the same.
Passport
Visa (if required)
Hotel booking receipts or a confirmation e-mail print out
Debit / credit cards
Pre-paid phone cards
Flight tickets
Driving license
Medical insurance documents
Car registration documents
Tickets purchased for any show or event at the destination
#2 Clothes
Imagine you have forgotten to pack your favorite evening gown, that you needed at the vacation, and was just delivered from the laundry. You don’t want that to happen, do you? Therefore carrying the correct clothes is important. Here is a checklist that will make your work easy as regards to the clothes that you have to carry.

MEN
Extra pairs of undergarments
Socks
Tuxedo or Blazer Suit
Bermudas
Night suits
Sweatshirts
Tracksuits
Loose fitted shirts
Jackets
Denims
WOMEN
Make up kit
Evening gowns
Sweatshirts
Tracksuits (if you plan to trek)
Tank tops
Loose fitted tops
Capri
Pajamas
Night suits
Lingerie
#3 Accessories
It is pretty normal that one tends to forget things in excitement of the trip. If you want to enjoy your trip, and make it a memorable one, you don’t want to go wrong or miss out on anything. This travel planning checklist consists of accessories you must carry. Find all about it in the checklist below.
Camera
Sunblock
Eye gears
Sun soothing gel
Caps or hats
Paper napkins
Phone chargers
Extra batteries (in case the camera is battery run) or camera charger
Common medicines box
Vacation destination map
Hand sanitizer
Fresh wipes
#4 Other Important Things
There are few other important things you tend to miss, like footwear, or researching about your vacation destination well in advance. Take a look at the checklist below and ensure you have all of it,.
Flip flops
Sports shoes
GPS Tracker
Exchange rates of the particular destination
Snacks and cold drinks
Photocopies of important documents in all different bags
Indoor games
Beach kit if you have kids along
Swimming suits
Toiletries